A vegan lifestyle is healthy and safe for kids. You will be doing your children a favor by making them vegetarian kids and moving them to vegan animal free foods. Many diseases are derived from animal products, so eliminating these from their diet early on and introducing them to vegetarian meat (vegan meatless) will prove beneficial.

According to Mayo Clinic, “nutrition for kids is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Everyone needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. What’s different about nutrition for kids, however, is the amount of specific nutrients needed at different ages.

So what’s the best formula to fuel your child’s growth and development?”  Follow this link  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nutrition-for-kids/NU00606 and then click on the tabs to the left for gender and age appropriate nutrition requirements  based on dietary guidelines according to the Institute of Medicine.

“How can I get my picky child to enjoy a wider variety of foods?

Picky eaters are going through a normal developmental stage, exerting control over their environment along with concern about trusting the unfamiliar. This often goes along with the “separate compartmented plate” stage, where children don’t like one type of food to touch or mingle with another. Just as research has shown that it takes a number of repeated impressions before advertising convinces an adult consumer to buy, it takes the average child 8-10 presentations of a new food before he or she willingly accepts it.

If your child is otherwise healthy, eating only a few select foods for a little while will not have any adverse effect. So, rather than insist your child eat a food that is being rejected, try some of the following:

  • Offer a new food only when your child is hungry and rested.
  • Present only one new food at a time.
  • Make it fun: a game, a play-filled experience. Cut the food into unusual shapes.
  • Serve new foods with favorite foods to increase acceptance.
  • Eat the new food yourself; children love to imitate.
  • Have your child help to prepare foods. Often they will be more willing to try something when they helped to make it.
  • Limit beverages. Picky eaters often fill up on liquids instead.
  • Limit snacks to two per day. ”  http://helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_children_teens.htm

Recommended reading can be found here.

Check out http://www.petakids.com/ for kids and http://www.peta2.com/ for teens.

Order the Vegetarian Starter Kit for the section on ‘Daily Meal Planner for Kids and Teens’.

Visit the healthy dessert recipes and healthy vegetarian recipes (all vegan) on this site for delicious options you and your family will enjoy.

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